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Asia » China » Sichuan May 31st 2012

May 31, 2012 (Jiajian) The people of Sichuan are beautiful, interesting and special. Captured here in photographs, I think one can easily imagine the life stories these faces tell.... read more
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Asia » China » Sichuan May 31st 2012

May 31, 2012 (Jiajian) To screen the 150 patients that had shown up for the Blindness Prevention Clinic, we set up in the hospital courtyard in front of the hospital. Waiting room chairs had been aligned, and a group of nurses coordinated and queued the patients. Each patient was given a number and were called up in sequence. Our team split up into physicians, interpreter and a Chinese resident. We had a penlight, portable slit lamp, direct and indirect ophthalmoscopes. Because we were outside, it was hard to see some aspects of the exam so we had the nurse assist us holding an umbrella to block some of the light. Patient by patient we would go through their symptoms, perform the best exam we could and then recommend treatment. We had some limited medications. If required, ... read more
Patients Queued Up
Waiting Area
Coordinating Nurse

Asia » China » Sichuan May 31st 2012

May 31, 2012 (Jiajian) The Blindness Prevention Program is an government organized outreach program to extend cataract surgery to remote areas of Sichuan and the SPPH hospital houses the Provincial BPO office. It is coordinated by Mrs. Zhang, a wonderful, gentle, knowledgeable woman who has a passion for the underprivileged and is instrumental to the program's success. The concept is to have ophthalmic teams go out and screen large populations of patients for eye disease and offer them treatment as needed. More than half the blindness in Sichuan is due to cataract, so it is no wonder that we see a lot. Additionally, surgeons go out to do the cataract surgery at the same time screenings are going on - either using a local facility or operating in a mobile van unit. Today we spent our ... read more
The Hospital
Dr. Yueng
The DMEI Residents

Asia » China » Sichuan » Dujiangyan May 30th 2012

May 30, 2012 (Dujiangyan) The goal of the trip to Dujiangyan was to visit a private eye hospital run by a husband (administrator) and wife (ophthalmic surgeon) team that focuse a lot of time and effort on blindness prevention program cataracts (surgery for rural poor). It was a very pleasant and spacious facility, including inpatient rooms for both private and charity patients. It was organized, planned, built and now administered by the high energy engaging and boisterous husband. Well connected politically and involved in various businesses, he built a hospital so his wife could do what she wanted to do in a first class environment. It seemed to operate very efficiently, had a wonderful and personable staff and the physical facility was top notch. Dr. Farris was enamoured by the various sunglasses available. Dr. Skuta was ... read more
Main Entrance
The Administrator
The Residents

Asia » China » Sichuan » Dujiangyan May 30th 2012

May 30, 2012 (Dujiangyan (...or on the way there)) Wednesday afternoon we made a field trip to visit a privately owned county level eye hospital in Dujiangyan - one of the areas we visited during the 2008 earthquake. Because there was no time left while Dr. Skuta was still in Sichuan, we decided to have a follow up meeting in the back of the bus. Much less formal, this was a great opportunity to openly share thoughts, concerns and ideas with Dr. Fan. Overall a productive exchange and a good framework being laid out for future collaboration.... read more
Dr. Liu Translating
Dr. Farris Making a Point
Dr. Kingsley

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu May 30th 2012

May 30, 2012 (Chengdu) After my presentation on orbital trauma early on Wednesday, one of the drug reps chauffered me to the SPPH Animal Research Facility. This includes a very large monkey colony in addition to many rodent models of eye disease. The monkeys are bred and domesticated and cared for diligently. Most of their research is currently done in glaucoma, and these monkeys are even trained to sit at the slit lamp and have their IOP taken. It was an impressive facility. On the way there, we passed by one of the largest construction projects any of us have seen. We're still trying to figure out what it is, but rumor has it it is a new Apple manufacturing facility here in Chengdu. More research to be done on that.... read more
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Monkeys Training

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu May 29th 2012

May 29, 2012 (Chengdu) One of the featured activities was a friendly basketball game between SPPH and DMEI. SPPH clad in yellow and us in blue. It was a great way to celebrate a ten year friendship. They had us the first half, but like the Thunder we clamped down on D and drove the middle to pull it off by one point at the final buzzer. Many of us made fashion statements playing in street shoes and black socks. Coach Anderson kept us all on point and Robert Chen pledged his allegiance to DMEI and let the cheering section "Go, go, go Dean Mah-Gee!" Even Yao Ming Fan couldn't topple the blue team's dominance of the key. I still think the top scorer for our team was the scorekeeper! (Dr. Nina) :)... read more
Benched!
Yao Ming Fan
Wasn't sure...

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu May 29th 2012

May 29, 2012 (Chengdu) Translation is sometimes challenging, and Chinese characters are difficult for us to remember or recognize. So this dilemma presented itself to all of us. Only Adam Carver ended up in the wrong bathroom... "no big deal...I was wondering why they only had squatty potties."... read more

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu May 29th 2012

May 29, 2012 (Chengdu) We typically start the day with an early morning breakfast at the Tian Chenlou Hotel restaurant area on the main floor. We have a scheduled time, but quickly everyone realizes this isn't the same as Switzerland, and time is a general not a specific concept. After a mix of cooked veggies, dumplings, a fried or boiled egg, some fruit and hot soy milk or juices bought from next door, we generally have some fun talking about our experiences around the round tables. Then the hospital van or bus arrives and Rachel summons us and we all scatter and some of us gather our things up or go to the room. Typical morning....all is fine till about ten minutes of tangling with Chengdu traffic when someone pipes up "Where's Dr. Kingsley?" Ooops! We'd ... read more
Elvis is in the House

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu May 29th 2012

May 29, 2012 (Chengdu) As part of the annual DMEI trip to Chengdu, we've been participating in the Sichuan Provincial People's Hospital-Sichuan Academy of Medical Sciences International Ophthalmology Symposium featuring speakers from all over China as well as local presentation and our participation. It was a two day event held a nice resort nearly an hour in traffic from the hotel. I would compare it to a State Ophthalmology Society meeting, but with an attendance of about 400-500 people. Some presentations were in Chinese with Chinese slides, Chinese with English slides and ours were in English with Chinese live translation. Much of the translation was done by one of our colleagues from Kaiser Permanente in Northern California - Dr. Yun Liu. Dr. Liu is a cornea specialist trained in ophthalmology in Shanghai and then did a ... read more
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